Superfoods are all-natural, raw and affordable alternatives to high-end expensive beauty products. They are also excellent additions to your beauty routine. Here is a breakdown of the 15 best foods that double as amazing beauty products you MUST try!
1. Instant Coffee
Coffee is a great caffeine boost for the skin. Simply prepare a thick instant coffee mix with water and apply to skin as a face mask. Instant coffee is also a great substitute for sugar in your DIY body scrub.
2. Green Tea
As well as being a great caffeine boost, green tea is also high in anti-oxidants which help boost skin’s radiance. Use it as a facial toner or diluted in a facial mist, and before throwing away the old tea bags use them as eye masks to wake tired and dull eyes.
3. Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil is a classic used by many, mainly because of its versatility. This fatty oil is a great body moisturizer, makeup remover, hair mask, body/lip scrub…the list is endless!
Lemons are high in citric acid and Vitamin C, both of which lighten scars, dark spots, and pigmentation. The juice of fresh lemons can be diluted into a facial toner, added to a face mask, or used as a spot treatment for pimples due to their high anti-bacterial properties.
A must-have for irritated skin. Cucumbers provide a boost of vital anti-oxidants and are great for calming down skin. Apply cucumber slices to your face as a face mask, or add slices to your water for a quick face mist.
As well as being a great moisturizing ingredient, honey also has exceptional anti-bacterial qualities. Apply a layer of honey to your skin, leave it on for 15-30 minutes and then rinse. Over time your skin will appear clearer, brighter and hydrated!
7. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is excellent for restoring the skin’s PH balance. It can be used as a base in a DIY face mask or diluted in water for a great facial toner.
Kale is a great addition to your natural beauty routine. The Vitamin K in kale helps improve skin’s elasticity and brighten dull under eye areas. Pulse a few leaves into a paste and apply to the skin as a face mask for 15-20 minutes. Over time your skin will appear brighter and tighter!
An OG superfood, blueberries are an EXCELLENT source of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants, vital for radiant skin. Mash a handful of blueberries to use as a quick face mask, or add a few to your facial mist and toner to give your skin a boost!
Potato juice is an excellent ingredient used to help lighten the appearance of dark spots, stretch marks or acne scars. Just chop a potato in half and rub it over the affected area. Your skin will appear lighter and brighter!
11. Pomegranate Seeds
Pomegranates are another superfood great for boosting the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of pigmentation and fine lines. They can be mashed into a DIY face mask, or added to facial mists and toners.
A great ingredient for acne prone skin. Turmeric is not only anti-bacterial, but it’s also great for fading acne scars. Add a couple of spoonfuls to a DIY face mask to get the two-in-one pimple fighting and scar lightening treatment!
Eggs are a great source of protein and can help strengthen and improve hair growth. Mix a raw egg in a bowl, apply to hair and scalp as a hair mask for anywhere between 20-60 minutes and rinse in the shower. Over time your hair will appear stronger and thicker!
14. Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is high in protein and can be used as a hair mask to strengthen and activate hair growth. It is also high in lactic acid, great for smoothing skin texture and brightening dull skin complexations. Apply a thin layer as a face mask and leave on for 15-20 minutes to reveal smooth bright skin!
15. Rolled Oats
Oats are a great addition to your face mask. They calm irritated skin and are also a great all-natural body exfoliator for silky smooth legs – just in time for summer!